|Peter Kiewit Foundation Professor of Law
and the Legal Profession
Faculty Fellow, Center for Law, Science & Innovation's
Program in Public Health Law and Policy
Affiliated Faculty in Justice and Social Inquiry,
School of Social Transformation, CLAS
Scholar in Residence, ASU Center for the Study of Race and Democracy
Upon graduating from law school Myles Lynk served as a law clerk to Judge Damon J. Keith on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He subsequently worked as a Special Assistant to the Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare and an Assistant Director on the White House Domestic Policy Staff under President Carter and was an attorney in private practice in Washington, DC, for eighteen years. In addition to ASU Professor Lynk has taught in the law schools at Duke University, Georgetown Univeristy, George Mason University and the University of Maryland.
Professor Lynk's current work is focused on legal ethics and professional responsibility. He is a member of the American Bar Association's ("ABA") Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility -- which writes the Model Rules of Professional Conduct for lawyers and the Model Code of Judicial Conduct -- and the Immediate Past Chair of the ABA's Standing Committee on Professional Discipline; as chair of the Discipline Committee he led that Committee's review of amendments to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct that were proposed by the ABA's Commission on Ethics 20/20 and began the Discipline Committee's review of amendments to the Model Rules for Lawyer Disciplinary Enforcement. In 2014 Professor Lynk will be a Visiting Fellow at Magdalene College, University of Cambridge, England, studying comparative legal ethics. Professor Lynk also teaches civil procedure, business organizations/corporate governance and a law and literature course on individual choice and social responsibility based on The Iliad of Homer.
Professor Lynk is the College of Law's dean's designee for the investigation of allegations of Honor Code violations by law students and is the faculty adviser to the Corporate and Business Law Students Society, the John P. Morris Black Law Students Association and the Sports and Entertainment Law Students Association. In 2011 and 2012 he served on ASU's Regent's Professors Selection Committee and from 2011 to 2013 he chaired the Advisory Board of ASU's Center for the Study of Race and Democracy. In 2006, while serving as ASU's NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative Professor Lynk conceived of and participated in the Indian Legal Program's CLE Conference, "Pride or Prejudice: American Indian Mascots and Imagery in the U.S." In 2005 he led ASU's investigation into the shooting death of a graduate student by a student-athlete, which resulted in changes in the intercollegiate athletics department and in ASU's student safety policies. In 2001-2002 he organized and hosted a series of presentations by College of Law faculty, collectively entitled, "Challenges," on the legal issues presented by the nation's responses to the tragedy of September 11.
In the American Bar Association Professor Lynk is the 2013-2014 chair of the Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities; during his tenure he will focus on issues of poverty, income inequality and economic development. Professor Lynk co-founded and chaired the Committee on Community Economic Development of the ABA Section of Business Law. In 2012-2013 Professor Lynk served as Chair of The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. He has served on the ABA's Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession and he chairs the Minority Caucus of the ABA's House of Delegates.
From 2004 to 2010 Professor Lynk served as ASU's NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative ("FAR"). Among his many duties as FAR Professor Lynk served on the NCAA's Academic/Enforcement/Compliance Cabinet; revised ASU's Student-Athlete Code of Conduct and established and chaired ASU's Student Athlete Code of Conduct Advisory Committee; was the principal author of the ASU intercollegiate athletics department's policies on relationships between student-athletes and athletics department staff, and on how pregnant student-athletes should be treated; conducted with the Office of General Counsel an investigation into allegations of misconduct in one of ASU's intercollegiate athletics programs; helped lead ASU's 2009 Self-Study for NCAA recertification of ASU's intercollegiate athletics department; and participated in two NCAA investigations into allegations of major NCAA rules infractions at ASU.
Professor Lynk is a member of the American Law Institute and an emeritus member of the ALI's governing Council. He is a past President of the District of Columbia Bar, co-chaired the State Bar of Arizona's Task Force on Multi-jurisdictional Practice and was a member of the State Bar of Arizona's Task Force on the Future of the Legal Profession. From 1998 to 2004 he served on the Civil Rules Advisory Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States, where he chaired the Advisory Committee's Discovery Rules Subcommittee when it proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to facilitate electronic discovery In the area of bioethics Professor Lynk is a member of the U.S. Indian Health Service's Phoenix Area Institutional Review Board ("IRB") which reviews human subjects research involving American Indian communities in Arizona, Nevada and Utah, serves on the Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona's IRB Working Group and is a past chair of the ABA's Special Committee on Bioethics and the Law; during his chairmanship the Committee examined emerging issues in stem cell research and disparities in access to health care.
In 2013 Professor Lynk received the ABA's Spirit of Excellence Award. In 2010 he received the Outstanding Faculty Award from the College of Law's Alumni Association. In 2008 Professor Lynk was a Visiting Honors Faculty Fellow in ASU's Barrett, The Honors College. In 2001 he received the State Bar of Arizona's Award for Outstanding Service. Professor Lynk has served as a mediator, as an arbitrator and as an expert on legal ethics and business organizations.
Assistant: Sonja Quinones
A.B., Harvard College (1971)
J.D., Harvard Law School (1976)